Going into week seven, I’m feeling really confident (but not like that does you any good when it’s the Vikings). Even though the Cardinals had a very surprising 4-2 start to the season, the Vikings have had their surprises as well, including their very own 4-2 start. But overall both teams were never expected to do much this season so this should be a very interesting game.
The Cardinals are looking to redeem themselves after a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals started the season 4-0, including wins over the and , but have lost their last two.
Motivation. It’s what will win this game. The Cardinals will be playing hard strictly from their motivation to get their season back on track, while the Vikings are playing out of motivation to keep the excitement alive. Excitement that’s been pouring in ever since the upset over 49ers, but I don’t really call that an “upset” anymore because the Vikings aren’t the underdogs anymore.
And then there are those who are worried sick about the game. “Oh nooo! It’s the Cardinals who are 4-2!” Guess what! We’re 4-2 too! You’ll be surprised how unstable the Cardinals really are.
Now let’s get to the good part. Why the Vikings have the advantage going into Sunday’s game.
It’s their home field. The Metrodome. The old, leaky sealing, roof collapsing Metrodome. Ahhh…home. At least until our astonishing new stadium is done. But still, it’s the home field advantage.
Jared Allen & Everson Griffen will plow through the Cardinals offense. The Cardinals still have a shaky offense. This will give Allen and Griffen the chance to move in and hopefully add to their sacks.
Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. Enough said.
No Kevin Kolb. The Cardinals offense was a mess after John Skelton took over for an injured Kevin Kolb. He's not the type of quarterback who can have success with an unstable offensive line, and that's exactly what he has to deal with on Sunday.
Kyle Rudolph leads the league among all tight ends with five touchdowns catches. He’ll be looking to extend his touchdowns on Sunday. Rudolph is Christian Ponder’s favorite target in the end zone so he’ll definitely be one to watch closely.
All we really need to worry about is Christian Ponder. I know you’ve probably heard this a million times but he’s shown improvement. But last game he took a few steps back. Ponder threw for a season-high 352 yards last week, but his two interceptions destroyed the team's chances to win.
I hope all this makes everyone feel better about going into to Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Also: I wanted to also note here that the new design of DailyLeisureVikings.com is coming this Tuesday, which is also the two-year anniversary of Daily Leisure Vikings. Later today we’ll be unveiling the preview video of what’s coming so stay tuned! It’s going to be stunning!